Colombia peace deal will be ‘lasting’, FARC rebel leader tells FRANCE 24
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FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londono (also known as Timochenko) tells FRANCE 24 he is confident that a deal with the government to end decades of conflict will succeed. President Juan Manuel Santos accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday for his role in negotiating the historic peace accord.
"I think that the fact that we have succeeded in signing the final agreement … we have the certainty now that we are beginning to create the necessary conditions to lay the basis for peace that will be lasting and enduring," Londono said.
The peace accord that was signed on November 24 ended five decades of conflict. Speaking at the Nobel ceremony in Oslo on Saturday, Santos said it offered hope for peace in other war-torn parts of the world.
"It proves that what, at first, seems impossible, through perseverance may become possible even in Syria or Yemen or South Sudan," he said.
"The Colombian peace agreement is a ray of hope in a world troubled by so many conflicts and so much intolerance," he said.